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San Diego developer Doug Manchester sells the former Copley estate

For decades, a 32-acre estate on La Jolla Hill has been the home of Copley editor-in-chief James Copley and his wife, Helen, owners of the Union and Tribune newspapers of San Diego. Their son and heir, David Copley, they settled after their death.

Known as Foxhill, the elegant French country-style manor house overlooking the ocean, surrounded by meticulously landscaped gardens, was the setting for dinners and receptions attended by the rich and famous, commentators and VIPs of all segments of society .

The house, designed by Roy Drew and built in 1959, was purchased by David Copley in 2015 by developer Doug Manchester under his limited liability company, Manchester Foxhill. Manchester had purchased the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper in 2011, then sold it in 2015.

The developer of the veteran resort moved after renovating the Muirlands farm and adding new and updated services: a modernized kitchen, a squash court, a pickleball court, well-kept pedestrian paths and additional guest services. The main house and guesthouse now have 10 bedrooms (which could be increased to 15 or more with different furnishings) and together amount to approximately 27,000 square feet of living space.

But a new chapter in the history of Foxhill Estate begins this month when it went on sale.

The main house and 8-acre guesthouse, at 7007 Country Club Drive, are priced at $ 25 million. (Manchester purchased it for $ 17 million.) The adjacent 24 acres (with two developable lots of 4 acres and 1.5 acres respectively) are offered separately for $ 12 million. A third listing proposes the entire 32-acre property for $ 37 million.

The listings are jointly offered by Willis Allen’s real estate broker Andrew Nelson and Berkshire Hathaway-affiliated Greg Noonan, with assistance from Beverly Hills luxury real estate specialists Matt and Josh Altman, co-stars of Million TV’s. Bravo TV Dollar Listing LA “

Manchester, which bears the nickname “Papa Doug”, owns a second home in the Bahamas. He had been appointed to the position of United States ambassador to the Bahamas by President Trump shortly thereafter Trump took office. The appointment is languished, along with numerous other presidential appointments pending confirmation from the Senate.

Manchester, a long-time shameless Trump supporter, withdrew his candidacy last fall. Threats to his life and those of family members were cited in a statement from his company amid growing publicity about his generous contributions to the Republican Party and Trump campaign.

Sales of high-end residential properties in La Jolla have languished in recent years.

Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys and hip-hop husband Swizz Beatz took a hit when they bought the ultra-modern La Jolla glass house, nicknamed “Razor House”, for a declared $ 20.8 million last fall .

But most of the sales of high-end homes recently have been along the sandy beaches of Del Mar, Nelson said. Del Mar is 30 minutes closer to the wealthier clientele of Los Angeles and Orange County.

Nelson estimated that Manchester invested $ 4 million to $ 5 million in property improvements. Her attention, Nelson said, since she moved to downtown San Diego and her current multipurpose development project at the foot of Broadway along the San Diego harbor.

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